Gavin is Chair of Planning Studies at Reading. A chartered planner Professor Parker maintains a strong research interest in citizenship, participation and governance in land, planning and development. He is interested in the relationship between land and people and considerations of property rights and conflict over land use. This interest spans the urban and rural divide and a number of policy fields. He has maintained a thread of research that is concerned with interactions and tensions between actors involved in planning and development throughout his research career. This has been manifest in the body of work he has produced on participation in planning and on neighbourhood planning in England.
Gavin has been actively researching community and neighbourhood planning with numerous reports and publications that have been shaping policy agendas in this area. He has also been exploring the changing nature of planning and the profession, including the shifting roles of the public, private and third sector. Gavin accepted a secondment to the Royal Town Planning Institute between 2012-2014 as one of the three executive directors. His responsibilities included: education, membership, regions, professional standards and Planning Aid England. His work there continued and extended his interest and expertise in neighbourhood planning and community engagement. Gavin chaired the Community Council for Berkshire from 2006 to 2011, sat on the council of partners for the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2006-2012) and was a director of the True Food Cooperative, Reading (2008-2015). He is currently a secretary of state appointed board member of the New Forest National Park Authority (appointed 2017). Gavin has also developed a particular interest in land use, community and policy in Japan and he is a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and has held visiting fellow posts there and at Tsukuba and Seikei Universities.
Amongst numerous academic and policy oriented publications Gavin has authored several books: Citizenships, Contingency and the Countryside (Routledge, 2002); the well-received text Key Concepts in Planning (Sage, 2012) with Joe Doak, see: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/book...; and Enabling Participatory Planning (2018, Policy Press) with Emma Street which discusses ‘neo-advocacy’ planning, see: https://policypress.co.uk/enabling-participatory-planning. A handbook for Neighbourhood Planning is also in production for Winter 2018 ‘Neighbourhood Planning in Practice’ (Lund Humphries).
Gavin is keen to work with potential doctoral researchers wishing to pursue any of the themes expressed above and in particular participation in planning and neighbourhood planning.
- PhD - Land, Citizenship and Property Rights (Bristol)
- MPhil - Town Planning (London)
- BSc (Hons) - Land Economy (London)
- Chartered Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (FRTPI)
- Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Neighbourhood planning; Community engagement and planning; Expertise in planning; Countryside planning; Land and property rights; Land use conflict.
Current PhD students
Joe Doak: Five Hundred Years of Non-Linear History: Exploring Land-Ownership, Property Development and its Social Regulation in Central Reading 1500-2000. First supervisor
Katherine Salter: Assembling localism: the role and response(s) of local planning authorities to neighbourhood planning in England. First supervisor
Parker, G., Street, E. and Wargent, M. (2018) ‘The rise of the private sector in fragmentary planning in England’, Planning Theory & Practice, 19(5): 734-750. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2018.1532529
Wargent, M. and Parker, G. (2018) Re-imagining neighbourhood governance: the future of neighbourhood planning in England. Town Planning Review, 89(4): 379-402.
Parker, G. and Salter, K. (2017) ‘Taking Stock of Neighbourhood Planning in England 2011-2016’ Planning Practice and Research, 32(4): 478-490.
Parker, G., Lynn, T. and Wargent, M. (2017) Contestation and conservatism in neighbourhood planning in England. Reconciling agonism and collaboration? Planning Theory and Practice. doi: 10.1080/14649357.2017.1316514
Parker, G., Lynn, T. and Wargent, M. (2015) 'Sticking to the Script? The Co-production of Neighbourhood Planning in England', Town Planning Review, Vol. 86(5): 519-536.
Parker, G. and Street, E. (2015) 'Planning at the neighbourhood scale: localism, dialogic politics and the modulation of community action'. Environment and Planning 'C': Government and Policy, Vol. 33(4): 794-810.